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California Code
California codes and bill information by keyword.

California Code of Regulations
California agencies regulations by title and keyword search.

California Courts
California's Judicial Branch includes Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Trial Court, Court Opinions, & Judicial Council. Can find court information and standard forms.

California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 
Driver’s license information, DMV Publications including Driver's handbook and test examples, DMV Forms

California Legislative Information, Official
Every California Assembly and Senate bill and statutes (bills passed into law) of the California legislature since 1999 in full text. Includes the current California codes, Assembly and Senate Journals and the California Constitution.

California Online Professional Licensing

California Secretary of State 
Includes election, business, incorporation, campaign lobbying, archives and special programs.

California Senate
Senate leadership, member biographies, and legislative schedules and district maps.

California Assembly
Member directory, committees and caucuses, and legislative calendar.

California State Controllers Office, Unclaimed Property Search

California State Home Page
The official web site for the state of California.

California State Parks California Transportation Agency
Provides links to California state departments regulating transportation and traffic safety.

DMV on YouTube 
Click on Videos to see visual training on "Rules of the Road" and "Reasons for Failing the Driving Test" to help you pass the exam.

California Elections and Voter Information
Information on voter eligibility, election dates and resources, information on county election offices and more, available in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

California Voter Foundation
A non-profit, non-partisan organization provides an online California voter guide.

Elections - General
Historical election information.

Project Vote Smart
Locate all elected representatives, state and federal, by zip code. Tracks the performance of over 13,000 political leaders. Voting records, biographies, committee assignments of elected officials.

Smart Voter 
The League of Women Voters provides information about voter registration and candidates. The user can retrieve a sample ballot for a district by entering a zip code.


Foreign Entry Requirements
Visa requirements for U.S. travelers visiting other countries.

National Archives
A homepage linking of Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, Public and Private Laws, U.S. Government Manual, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and GPO Access Search Page.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
A simplified statistical abstract.

U. S. Government Code 

Social Security Administration
Retrieve a Personal Earnings and Benefits Estimate Statement.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Access immigration laws, regulations and guides.

Executive Branch

Executive Branch
Links to the page of each Department and the White House.

White House
Direct link to the White House.

Judicial Branch

Legal Information Institute
Current and historic Supreme Court cases. Includes major decisions and the Court Calendar.

Supreme Court of the United States
The Official US Supreme Court Web Site.

Legislative Branch
Current legislative activities: Bill texts, summaries, status. Roll call votes and major legislation of current Congress. Recent Public Laws by P.L. number.

Congressional Directory
Browse Congressional leadership, state delegations, committees.

United States House of Representatives 
Who's who and how to contact them.

United States Senate 
Directory of members, their assignments, etc.

Searching Aids

Catalog of US Government Publications
Index to electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government since 1976 providing title, year, author, SuDoc number, and Internet access. Full cataloging (MARC) record is viewable. Locate the closest depository library.

FedStats: Federal Statistics
Statistical information from more than 100 government agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics.

Find a Depository Library
Provides a list of depository libraries in your area, and links to descriptions of their collections.

Government Agencies and Elected Officials
Find contact information for federal, state, and local government agencies and elected officials.
The official web portal of the U.S. Government that provides federal, state, and local government information and services.

Vital Records - Where to write
How to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates.


Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Published and updated weekly by the Central Intelligence Agency. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid to as many world governments as considered practical, some not officially recognized by the U.S. Regimes with no diplomatic exchange are indicated by NDE.

Electronic Embassy
Embassy addresses, phone numbers in Washington D.C. Information on Diplomatic Internship Program in Washington.

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States
Contains complete and official listing of the foreign consular offices in the United States and recognized consular officers. Compiled by the U.S. Department of State.

International Affairs Resources (WWW Virtual Library) 
Over 2000 annotated links in a wide range of topics concerning international affairs, studies, and relations. Most are in English.

World Bank
Regional and country information on funding, political and economic status and speeches.

United Nations

Dag Hammarskjold Library
Locate documents using the UN Info Quest System, view national, regional & peacekeeping maps.

Official Documents of the United Nations (ODS)
United Nations site providing full text and full image access to UN publications published since 1993. Resolutions are available back to 1946. Older documents are being added continuously, with many available to the early 1980s. UN sales publications and the treaty series are not included.

Catalog of United Nations(UN) documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. Coverage begins with 1979 but is being extended backwards. More thorough indexing makes this source a useful aid to finding full text documents in the ODS site listed above. Once reference is found in UNBIS, simply clip the document number and drop it into the ODS search screen. Also includes voting records on adopted resolutions and indexing of speeches.

United Nations Web Site
Follow UN activities, view resolutions and major documents.

United States

State and Local Government on the Web
Contains links to networks of state and local government agencies, including multi-state organizations and national organizations which are affiliated with government (such as the Council of State Governments).

United Nations